Moreno rates self ‘9’-A A +A
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
CAGAYAN de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno rated himself a “9” with his accomplishments in his first 100 days at City Hall.
Moreno cited the imperfections of his administration and vowed to push through with his eight-point agenda to bring the city to greater heights.
“I’m bound to make mistakes, but what’s important is that none of these mistakes is irreversible,” Moreno said during his speech at the city tourism hall on Tuesday.
“For every action, I am accountable to the people,” he said.
“So far, so good. (But) a lot needs to be done,” he said, as he rated himself a 9 when asked how would he grade himself on a scale of 1 to 10.
Moreno’s agenda for governance could be summed up in what has been coined as “Primehat,” which stands for poverty alleviation and peace and order; revenue generation and resettlement; investment and infrastructure; metropolization; environment and education; hospitals and health services; agricultural productivity; traffic, tourism, and teamwork.
His vision, however, was not only to make the city as the showcase for Northern Mindanao but for the whole Mindanao, “given the city’s strategic location and advantage that Cagayan de Oro and region 10 has.”
Moreno is also banking on the philosophy of less reliance, less dependence on the national government and focusing more on the city’s own talent, skills and abilities.
He said the city could do it in partnership with others, citing foreign institutions such as the AusAID, USAID, Asia Foundation, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Asian Development Bank, World, and Jica, among others.
Moreno also reported that USAID has pledged to stay in the city to implement more projects.
Moreno said both local and foreign partners are important to propel the city to unprecedented progress and development.
He said the City has made strategic strides in many areas that set the growth for the city, owing not just to its own strength but on the strength of its good relationship with foreign donors and other NGOs and civil society groups.
“We have endeavored to attract as many partners from the private sector,” he said.
“We thought we can draw people from the outside particularly from the CSOs, academe, and faith-based organizations to serve as our sounding board, as adviser and guide to serve Cagayan de Oro the best way possible,” Moreno added.
‘Culture of polarization’
Moreno said before he assumed office as the city mayor, his team experienced some difficulties during the transition period describing it as “marked by unwillingness to cooperate,” referring to the majority members of the City Council who belong to the opposition.
Moreno said it is imperative and necessary to develop a good relationship with the legislature.
He said there should be interdependence between the City Council and the executive.
“At the end of the day, we are one city government of Cagayan de Oro,” he added.
He said there is a need to do away with the culture of polarization and division that was perpetuated by the previous administration.
“We need to adjust so that the things that we despise should not be repeated,” Moreno said.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 09, 2013.